Monday, January 21, 2008

Rheumatoid arthritis increases risk for Shingles virus

Scientists have found a very robust correlation indicating that people with rheumatoid arthritis are far more likely to develop shingles, the reactivation of herpes zoster.

Doctors who published the study aren't sure if the drugs used to treat RA are behind the link or if general dysregulation of the immune system in these patients is to blame.

Reuters article here is a quick and easy read. Hope you've all had a great three day weekend!


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